Hey Hot Cakes,
We're back! Last week we took the weekend off to celebrate Amy's birthday, and after a week of some pretty okay news about climate, boy did things take a turn. Lots to talk about this week. We hope you're hanging in there!
Thanks for reading,
Mary + Amy
The Ocean? THE OCEAN?? The OCEAN...Is on FIRE???
By Mary Annaïse Heglar
The Gulf of Mexico—confirmed body of water—caught on fire on Friday. Fire. In the ocean. The images looked like some shit out of a bad early 2000s action film about impending global warming. But, nah, these were newsreels. This shit really happened.
Of course, oceans don’t just “catch on fire”—not unless of course someone is digging up some of the deadliest, most flammable shit known to man and using an underwater pipeline system to ship it to refineries so that it could eventually be set on fire. And, the people doing that would HAVE to know that when that shit is set on fire, it’s going to egg on climate change. And the people trying to stop them would have to be labeled criminals. This ain’t rocket science. It’s not an accident.
When I saw those apocalyptic images, all I could think was: what if there was a hurricane in the same spot at the same time? What level of threat multiplication is that?
The fire in the ocean is greed run wild. We have to stop listening to the people who tell us that the end of capitalism is the end of the world. That is just a lack of imagination talking. There was something before capitalism, and there can be something after, if we build it. And we have to. I’m sick of this late-stage capitalism bullshit. Let’s skip to the good part. Let’s end this shit.
P.S. Wanna help stop some pipelines? Here’s some ways to get involved.
Exxon Continues to Be Full of Shit
By Amy Westervelt
Last week, in a remarkable expose, the investigative journalists at Unearthed (a Greenpeace project)teamed up with Channel 4 in the UK to publish videos of former Exxon lobbyists walking a journalist-posing-as-a-recruiter through the company's deny-and-delay playbook on climate. They laid it all out.
People Waking Up to the Climate Crisis Is Good, Actually
By Mary Annaïse Heglar
If you’ve been attuned to the climate crisis for any significant amount of time, you’ve probably learned to fear the summer headlines. Of course, no season is immune to disaster, and it’s always summer somewhere, and disasters in the Global South barely get whispered about. But, summer is when shit gets really, really, really real in the Global North. Which means it’s the time we hear about it.
On Not Giving Up
By Amy Westervelt
There's been a lot swirling around out there lately about climate despair, especially as climate impacts become more and more impossible to ignore. Is it over? Are we done for? Is there any point in continuing to fight? I mean...kinda yes on all three? Here's the thing: you don't give up the fight just because you haven't won yet. And yeah, it might not happen in your lifetime or the next generation's or even the one after that, but maybe the one after that will have you to thank for keeping on. And that's fucking worth it.
Your weekly round-up of climate coverage.
Rising Temperatures, Rising Tides
Not to Alarm Anyone, but the Gulf of Mexico Is on Fire [gizmodo.com] by Alyse Stanley for Earther
Wildfire Devastates Canadian Town That's Broke Heat Record by Matt Novak for Earther
Hurricane Elsa the Is First Hurricane of 2021, On Track for US by Brian Kahn for Earther
New York Faces Blackouts as Extreme Heat Strains the Grid by Dharna Noor for Earther
Alaska Just Had an 'Ice Quake' Due to the Extreme Heat Wave by Brianna Provenzano for Earther
Pacific Northwest Ground Temperatures Hit 145 Degrees by Brian Kahn for Earther
'Historic' Heat Wave Sets Record Highs Across West Coast, Canada by Alyse Stanley for Earther
The US Power Grid Isn’t Ready for Climate Change, by Rebecca Heilweil for Vox
Heat wave 2021: Extreme heat, heat domes, and how climate change makes it worse by Umair Irfan for Vox
Deaths Spike as Heat Wave Broils Canada and the Pacific Northwest by Vjosa Isai, Dan Bilefsky and Shawn Hubler for the New York Times
What a Water Shortage Is Doing to Some of America’s Best Farmland by Somini Sengupta for the New York Times
Is climate change amping up the PNW heat wave? Yes — and it’s time to stop asking. by Shannon Osaka for Grist
‘The water is coming’: Florida Keys faces stark reality as seas rise by Oliver Milman for Grist
‘We Thought It Wouldn’t Affect Us’: Heatwave Forces Climate Reckoning in Pacific North West, by Levi Pulkkinen for The Guardian
The Heatwave is Literally Melting Portland’s Infrastructure, by Aaron Gordon for Vice
Dozens Dead as Canada Hits Record High Temperature for Third Straight Day, by Anya Zoledziowski for Vice
One Day After Setting Canada’s Heat Record, Town Burns to The Ground, by Mack Lamoreaux for Vice
Death Toll from Northwest Heat Wave Expected to Keep Rising, by Manuel Valdez for the LA Times
The Climate Presidency?
Bipartisanship Is Climate Denial by Brian Kahn for Earther
Opinion | Biden risks botching a key chance to fight climate change by Thea Riofrancos and Mark Paul for the Washington Post
The Biden White House Has an Exxon Problem, by Kate Aronoff for The New Republic
How Biden is spending his first big environmental justice fund by Adam Mahoney for Grist
Climate Activist: Biden’s Plan the ‘Bare Minimum,’ by Tim O’Donnell for The Week
We Now Know How Exxon Secretly Fights Crackdowns on Plastic Pollution by Dharna Noor for Earther
Right-Wing Media Outraged Energy Secretary Mentions Climate Change and Miami Condo Collapse by Dharna Noor for Earther
Exxon Lobbyists Reveal Climate Delay Strategy in Secret Recordings by Molly Taft for Earther
The scientists hired by big oil who predicted the climate crisis long ago by Emma Pattee for the Guardian
How cities and states could finally hold fossil fuel companies accountable by Chris McGreal and Alvin Chang for the Guardian
Patreon Is Bankrolling Climate Change Deniers While We All Burn, by David Gilbert for Vice
Watch an Exxon Lobbyist Explains How the Oil Giant Fights Climate Science, by Audrey Carleton for Vice
The Climate Crisis is a Crime Story, by Mark Hertsgaard for The Nation
Big Oil and Gas Kept a Dirty Secret for Decades. Now They May Pay the Price, by Chris McGreal for The Nation
Justice Is Justice Is Justice
The Climate Crisis Is A Public Health Crisis : Short Wave by Rhitu Chatterjee and Rebecca Ramirez
A harvest for the world: A Black family farm is fighting racism in agriculture and climate change by Darryl Fears for the Washington Post
$50 million for environmental justice, by Adam Mahoney for Grist
Activists Are Sharing Land In Vermont With People Escaping Climate Disaster, by Ella Fassler for Vice
Farmworkers Endure Brutal Conditions During Historic Heat Wave, by Lauren Kaori Gurley for Vice
Extreme Heat is Killing People in Arizona’s Mobile Homes, by Karen Peterson for The Washington Post
Underpaid firefighters, overstretched budgets: the US isn’t prepared for fires fueled by climate change, by Sarah Kaplan for the Washington Post
Glimmers of Hope
How to cool a city without air conditioning by Rebecca Leber for Vox
These Superheroes Could Sharply Reduce Heat Deaths by Catrin Einhorn for the New York Times
Arctic’s ‘Last Ice Area’ May Be Less Resistant to Global Warming by Henry Fountain for the New York Times
New climate science could cause wave of litigation against businesses – study by Fiona Harvey for The Guardian
Mouse Thought to Be Extinct for 150 Years Found Alive on an Island, by Becky Ferriera for Vice
Heat Pumps Are Ready to Have a Moment by Brian Kahn for Earther
Climate in Culture
BBC Lists 'Positive' Climate Change Impacts Kids Study Guide by Molly Taft for Earther
The Crucial, Little Understood Science of the Sea Floor, by Jo Livingstone for The New Republic
Work Really Sucks When It’s Hot, by Kate Aronoff for The New Republic
Climate Change Could Destroy America’s Roads, by Aaron Gordon for Vice
Ubers and Lyfts Can Be Electrified Now, But Drivers Aren’t So Sure, by Aaron Gordon for Vice
Miami Building Collapse Raises Concerns About Coastal Resiliency, by Audrey Carleton for Vox
A Massive Lake Suddenly Vanished in Antarctica, Scientists Discover, by Becky Ferriera for Vice
The End of the World is Closer than It Seems, by Tom Englehard for The Nation
Do you understand climate change: rain bombs, carbon pricing and mass electrification, by Ilana Marcus for the Washington Post